Dallas native James Dondero has been making a lot of headlines recently. In 1993, Dondero co-founded Highland Management, a company that has been steadily on the rise. A leader in the Collateralized Loan Obligations market, Highland Management has garnered national attention as their market grows. The corporation has been featured on Google Finance, as well as thanked for donations by The Family Place and the Dallas Zoo.
As president, James Dondero has seen a lot of this positive press come his way. He was recently featured in Barron’s, one of the most respected publications in the financial sector, for his skill with alternative investments. The article was appropriately titled “Making Bold Bets on Alternative Investments — and Winning,” as there is no doubt that James Dondero wins on investments.
Dondero’s career began in 1984, as he joined the Morgan Guaranty training program. Prior to his time in this highly esteemed program, James graduated from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce. Majoring in both Accounting and Finance, Dondero graduated with the highest honors the school rewards. He has also been certified as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst).
After the Morgan Guaranty training program, Dondero went on to be a seminal employee at the Protective Life subsidiary GIC. Despite his youth, Dondero served GIC as the Chief Investment Officer, or CIO, from its earliest days. His bold investment style lead the company to great success, as he brought in over two billion dollars during a four year stretch of his tenure.
When he was finished at GIC, Dondero went on to co-found Highland Management in 1993. He has served as president of the company since its beginning, and it’s clearly paid off. As his website notes, Highland Management has developed “award winning product offerings” under Dondero’s lead.
In addition to his position as president of Highland Management, James Dondero is a holds a position as Chairman at Cornerstone Healthcare, NexBank and CCS medical. Of course, that isn’t all for Dondero, who is a board member of MGM Studios and American Banknote as well.
James Dondero’s resume is stacked. There are no pauses or stops in the 30 years of experience that Dondero boasts. This Dallas resident is a true role model for any young person looking to get into the financial sector. His high risk, distressed investment style may seem risky from the outside, but it’s apparent that he knows what he’s doing. Anyone familiar with the man will tell you: James Dondero gets money.
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